Mario Tapia is a founder of Momentum, a mobile focused accelerator. Momentum recruits mobile startups from around the globe and brings them to Silicon Valley. It is a 12 week program to help the startups in the program grow and form partnerships with Brands, Companies, Investors and Mentors.
Mario has been a volunteer community leader of mobile industry groups for 14 years. He is a founder of the MobileMonday groups in Seattle and Los Angeles, and is currently the President of MobileMonday Silicon Valley chapter with over 12,000 members.
Mario has more than 20 years of experience across mobile, Internet and leading edge technologies. He is recognized as a subject matter expert in developer relations, the app economy, emerging markets, mobile advertising, and brand engagement.
Prior to Momentum, Mario was director of product and then business development for GetJar. Mario also launched products for Yahoo! Latin America, Danger, Disney Mobile, T-Mobile, AT&T Wireless, and pioneered the first SMS voting for American Idol. Additionally, Mario served as a consultant for companies like SK Telecom Intl., Cell Japan, and Nokia. He holds two patents for Location Based Services.
Mario holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California State University at Fresno and completed post-graduate work in Engineering at the University of Washington. He currently resides in San Francisco California, and enjoys bike riding and sailing.